Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - Bronson Healthcare
We are the only hospital in the region chosen to offer four approaches for a new life-saving heart surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) offers hope to people with severe aortic stenosis.

What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)?

TAVR (tăv-er), is a heart procedure that does not require open-heart surgery. It provides a new aortic valve to patients with aortic valves that do not work properly.

During the TAVR procedure, a new heart valve made from bovine (cow heart) tissue is collapsed and guided via a catheter to the patient’s aortic valve. Once the new valve is positioned inside of the patient’s own aortic valve, it is opened to restore blood flow to the body.

Bronson Methodist Hospital is the only hospital in southwest Michigan qualified to offer four approaches to TAVR:

  • Transaortic, through a small incision on the upper right side of the chest
  • Transfemoral, through a blood vessel in the groin
  • Transiliac, through a small incision in the abdomen
  • Transapical, through a small incision on the left side of the chest

“They make you feel like you are the only patient that they have to care for.”

Bette, TAVR patient

Why is TAVR performed?

TAVR is performed to treat severe aortic valve stenosis. Aortic valve stenosis is a heart valve disease in which the opening of the valve is narrowed. When the opening of the aortic valve is narrowed, it does not open and close properly. This can cause the valve to leak blood. If the valve does not pump blood away from the heart properly, pressure can build up and cause damage.

What are the symptoms of aortic stenosis?

  • Chest pain or tightness in the chest
  • Dizziness, feeling faint or fainting when exerted
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat

Talk to your doctor if you think you have aortic stenosis symptoms.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for TAVR?

If you have moderate or severe aortic stenosis your doctor may refer you to a Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare cardiologist or the Heart Valve Clinic at Bronson Heart & Vascular.

Why choose Bronson Heart & Vascular for TAVR?

  • More TAVR surgeries have been performed at Bronson Methodist Hospital than any other hospital in the region.
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital has a 96.3% success rate for TAVR procedures, higher than the average success rate of 92%*.
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital is the only hospital qualified to offer four approaches to TAVR: transaortic, transapical, transfemoral, transiliac
  • Each patient's comprehensive care plan is created by our multidisciplinary team , which includes cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, radiologists and other specialists
  • Bronson patients have access to other specialized procedures not performed elsewhere in the region, such as aortic and mitral valve repair and endovascular repair
  • State-of-the-art diagnostics and the most advanced treatment options
  • The region's only multidisciplinary clinics, like our heart valve clinic, provide complete care in one location

*STS/ACCTVT registry on TAVR device implantation, American Medical Association, 2013.

How can I learn more about TAVR procedures?

For general information about TAVR, visit

To learn about Bronson Heart & Vascular’s TAVR program and how it has improved the quality of life of patients:

Where can I learn about the TAVR team?

You can view a document with information about the members of the TAVR team here.

If I think I need the TAVR procedure, what should I do next?

  • Ask your doctor if you should be referred to the Heart Valve Clinic at Bronson Heart & Vascular.
  • For more information, call our TAVR program coordinator, Carmela Pulling, BSN, RN, MA, at (269) 341-8630.
  • Roy, TAVR Patient Golfing

    Your heart condition may be treatable.

    Our advanced capabilities helped Roy get back to doing all the things he did before his heart condition like playing golf with the guys — terrible as ever.

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  • TAVR Success Rate Bar Graph

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